FEAST OF FESTIVALS
Travel site Wotif has announced Chinchilla as winner of its National Big Thing competition. The Queensland town will receive an 8m-wide melon, and the latest addition to the list of Aussie Big Things will be unveiled at the 25th annual Melon Fest, February 14-17 (melonfest.com.au). Other towns also celebrate the produce that has helped make them famous.
Test your cherry pie-eating capacity or cherry pip-spitting skills at the National Cherry Festival, November 30 to December 2 in Young, where the summer fruit has been grown for 150 years. nationalcherryfestival.com.au
The humble spud turns hero at the annual Thorpdale Potato Festival in Victoria’s Gippsland food bowl. The fun of the farm comes to town on March 10. thorpdalepotatofestival.com.au
Ever fancied rolling a Queensland Blue down a hill? Goomeri west of Gympie is the place to do it. The contest is part of the town’s yearly pumpkin festival, next on May 26. goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au